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Extended commentary of Part II of 'The Pine Planters' by Thomas Hardy

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Introduction

Unseen Analysis Part II of ‘The Pine Planters’ by Thomas Hardy Hardy changes various elements of the poem to further explore either i) Marty’s predicament further or ii) to open an entirely new metaphoric realm! First Stanza Notes: Hardy open Part II with the same image with which he opened Part I; as a pine planter plants another tree. He sets “it to stand, here,/ Always to be.” Hardy is commenting upon the sudden fact that a tree can be rooted for eternity; the blasé manner by which a planter can root a living object in a fixed position – for better or worse – is accentuated by the understated contrast between the enormity of time (“Always to be”) which results. The aforementioned phrase itself is highly emphasized through its contraction. [Note the departure from Marty (in lines one and two) to the abstract ideas about the tree – which does, in some respects, represent Marty – as the tree has become the subject] Hardy then delivers another enormous chronological contrast; “When, in a second (2) ...read more.

Middle

An abstract thought. Second Stanza Notes: Much of the second stanza is unworthy of comment (Hardy emphasizes the image of the tree sighing, in another episode of anthropomorphism) but we should focus on these lines: ?Grieving that never Kind Fate decreed It should for ever Remain a seed And shun the welter? [a confused mass of something] To put the point simply, Hardy creates the effect of the seed (note the personification) wishing it had never been planted ? or in Marty?s case, that she had never been born. There is a great emotive impact of these lines. Hardy?s intentionally chooses words to create this effect: ?grieving?, ?decreed? and ?for ever? are examples. Equally, observe how Hardy negates the sense. He place the word ?never? before the sentence runs its course, thus meaning that it would be otherwise positive. Why? I don?t know ? it may simply be a product of a forced rhyme. ...read more.

Conclusion

(6)? Hardy seeks to create a sense of finality in his last stanza ? a definity in Time ? but also arrives at the crux of the matter expressed. Through the assonance of the empty ?o? sounds, Hardy affirms the tree?s fate, which is determined (to an infinite chronological degree) by the planting. Marty suggests yet another odd principle; she does not know why they planted the tree ? therein lies another Modernist principle; a question towards why suffering is created in the first place. Hardy also reiterates the lack of articulacy of the tree ? emphasizing the similar trait found in Marty ? but also the above mentioned irony in the persona. Equally, the application of the natural world?s cruelty is further added to the cruelty of unrequited love through both entities? inability to move from their position of suffering. See (4). They both are fated to suffer, as Hardy suggests, until they die. Hardy intentionally leaves this image of ?thanatos? upon the reader to conclude his poem ? again, emphasized oddly through the use of understatement ...read more.

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